29th July, 2019




Luke 3:16 (NKJV)

John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.


When everyone mused in their hearts, and wondered whether John the Baptist were the Christ or not, he was humble enough to acknowledge that he wasn’t the Christ, and rather revealed that Christ will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. 

Remember, we said the Greek word translated, “baptize” also means, “To immerse” or “To submerge.” There comes a time in our walk with God, when we’re not only baptized in the Holy Spirit, but with fire, and the Holy Spirit flows from within us, as fuel of fire. Before Prophet Isaiah prophesied about Jesus in Isaiah 9:6, saying, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”; he had predicted in Isaiah 9:5 the kind of battle those of us in Christ will be engaged in. Isaiah 9:5 (KJV) says, “For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.”

What did Prophet Isaiah mean by “THIS shall be with burning and fuel of fire”? Who, or what did he refer to as, “this”? Prophet Isaiah meant that, until the era of the Christ, all warriors who went to battle were engaged in physical combat, which was characterized by confused noise and garments rolled in blood, but we in Christ’s generation do not wrestle against flesh and blood; our battle is spiritual, characterized by burning and fuel of fire, hallelujah! This is what John the Baptized pointed out to the people in our theme Scripture, that Christ will baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire.

No wonder on the day of Pentecost, there appeared cloven tongues like as of fire, which sat on each disciple in the upper room (Acts 2:3); that was baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire! 

The Holy Spirit is resident in us; He is at work in us, and flows from within us, as fuel of fire. This means we’re a threat to the devil and his kingdom; we’re dangerous to the cohorts of hell and darkness. No wonder Hebrews 12:29 (KJV) says, “For our God is a consuming fire.” As a consuming fire, the Holy Spirit flows from within us as fuel of fire. 

You may see yourself as an ordinary person, but the devil knows what you carry if you’re baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire; you carry fuel of fire! Do you know that?

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